Priest suspended for misconduct, threatened with dismissal

A RELIGIOUS order was forced to suspend one of its priests from his priestly duties for misconduct and threatened with dismissal.

Fr. Romeo Tena, a member of the Society of African Missions, is forbidden to exercise certain faculties for continuing to breach an order from his superiors not to celebrate Mass.

The notification about Tena’s suspension was made by Fr. Alan De Guzman, SMA Superior – Philippines, in a Jan. 13 letter to Msgr. Juanito Figura, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

“I wish to inform you and your good office and the CBCP that one of our confreres, Fr. Romeo Tan Tena, Jr., SMA has been suspended by our Society from celebrating the Holy Eucharist and all the Sacraments,” De Guzman wrote.

Also enclosed in communiqué, is the letter of SMA Superior General Jean-Marie Guillaume to Tena informing the latter on his suspension.

In the letter, the official said Tena had been living “outside the SMA environment and priesthood” soon after his ordination in 2000.

Efforts were made to encourage Tena to return to the SMA but to no avail.

However, “complaints are still coming to us saying that, despite the fact that you (Tane) have no appointment and no permission from the SMA, you continue to celebrate Mass, and to collect money in some dioceses,” Guillaume said.

“Nobody knows in whose name and for what reasons you are doing this,” he added.

A suspended priest is not allowed to celebrate Mass either in public or private, hear confessions, or administer any sacrament, though he may receive them.

Guillaume said they are still hoping that Tena would return to the SMA and return to an “acceptable priestly life,” otherwise they will be obliged to dismiss him from the SMA.

Meanwhile, a bishop has also warned against a certain Emmanuel Audiencial who is allegedly soliciting funds for “his personal needs.”

San Jose Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara said that Audiencial has been asking for donations using his name and the diocese.

“Please be informed that I have not authorized anyone to solicit any funds, use my or the diocesan name, logo or program for personal purposes,” said Bishop Vergara in a letter to the CBCP. CBCP News


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